How Russian Propaganda Informs Its Domestic and Foreign Policy

Written by: Audrey McGrory Like banyas, Matryoshka dolls, and dachas, propaganda has been prevalent in Russia for centuries, defining itself as not merely a well-used political tactic, but a cultural fixture as quintessential as other Russian practices and customs. The use of propaganda by the Russian government has been potent in Russian society—withstanding the political,…

Lessons Yet to be Learned: War in Ukraine

Written by: Ken Wang In the past few weeks, almost all of the news that we have seen is related to Ukraine, Russia, or sanctions in some capacity. There are daily updates on military actions in Ukraine and economic sanctions imposed on Russia followed by statements and/or reactions from the White House, American allies in…

Russia in Africa: A Mission to Replace the West

Written by: Audrey McGrory As negotiations between Russia and NATO have intensified following the heightened risk of Russian invasion into its neighbor and former Soviet republic, Ukraine, Russia’s advancements elsewhere—namely in Africa—are also worth monitoring.  In another example of Russia testing the West in their diplomatic capabilities, the country’s movements in Africa are interesting, though…

Geopolitics of Climate Change: Race for the Arctic

Written by: Calvin Floyd The United States, China and Russia are competing in a race for the Arctic that is driven by anthropogenic climate change and profit. Seeing economic opportunities in resource extraction and shipping routes made available by melting Arctic ice, China has been driven to stake claims in the region in the last…

Sanctions Could be the West’s Best Hope to Stop Russia

Written by: Audrey McGrory From the Polish government’s efforts to diminish the country’s freedom of the press to the Russian government’s blatant influence and obstruction in the nation’s parliamentary election, Western hopes of democracy in Eastern Europe seem increasingly dashed by such recent events, which have occurred in the region’s seemingly collective shift towards the…

A New Prime Minister, a New Czech-Chinese Relationship?

Written by: Audrey McGrory Few countries have been as successful in promoting authoritarian ideals abroad as Russia and China. The two nations have framed themselves as rising global superpowers, eager to spread their brand of capitalism, which lies in state control. Bashing western democracies and their capitalistic economic systems, Russia and China have sought to…

Cybersecurity Abroad: Insights from Successful Approaches

Written by: Cormac O’Harrow As the world continues to change at a rapid pace, so does the nature of Homeland Security. Since the advent of the pandemic, this dynamic has only become more and more prevalent, signaled particularly through the explosion of cyber-attacks. The data show that these incidents are on the rise as more…

A Century After Assassinations, the Romanov Family Remains Fractured

Written by: Sophia Halverson It’s been 101 years since the collapse of the last Russian dynasty, and yet the word ‘Romanov’ still conjures up fantasies of incredible wealth-from the Winter Palace, with its more than a thousand rooms, summer palaces in the Crimea, cathedrals filled with icons, and mysterious Amber Room that went missing after…

The Russian Constitutional Court’s Review of the Chechen-Ingush Land Swap

Written by: Jared Lang On November 27th, the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation began to review the controversial land transfer deal between the Russian republics of Ingushetia and Chechnya. The deal itself is much-debated, but the fact that the federal Constitutional Court is weighing in on the issue almost overshadows the deal itself in…

This is Not the Soviet Union, but Russia Will Still Work You to Death

Written by: Julie Schneiberg In 2005, President Vladimir Putin announced on a televised Q&A session that the Russian people would not see a rise to the pension age so long as he was president. Fast forward thirteen years and multiple terms, Putin remains president, but he has failed to keep his promise to the Russian…